Poison Garden frontwoman talks about becoming a steampunk bassist, Axl singing with AC/DC and why Warwick brings out the best in her music
By David Sands
Madame Anais Noir wants to take rock and roll back to the Victorian era. And as the bassist and lead singer of Poison Garden, Italy’s first NeoSteampunk band, she’s doing a bang-up job of it.
Like the science fiction genre it gets its name from, steampunk music is all about mixing modern and even futuristic elements with the aesthetics of the bygone Victorian age. Poison Garden does this masterfully, mixing industrial sounds with aspects of classical and heavy metal music in a catchy, theatrical and sometimes haunting manner.
Noir, the frontwoman of the band, helps hold this wild menagerie together with rhythmic bass playing and alluring (and at times screaming) vocals. In addition to Madame Noir, Poison Garden also features her husband, Sir Damian White, on guitar, Professor Psi on alternate guitar and Mr. Tambourine on drums.
The quartet, which has been playing together since 2013, just released their debut album, A Victorian Carol, earlier this year.
FBPO‘s Jon Liebman met up with the intriguing Madame Noir recently at the World Headquarters of Warwick and Framus in Markneukirchen, Germany for a one-of-a-kind conversation about her marvelously anachronistic brand of rock and roll.
Watch our interview with Anais:
A Victorian Carol
Warwick Bass Camp 2016
Warwick Bass Camp 2015
Warwick Bass Camp 2014